"Trader Joe’s is being sued by a former employee, who says he was fired for complaining about being given a gift resembling a male sex organ during a 2014 store Christmas party.
Paul D. Roberts’ Los Angeles Superior Court complaint alleges wrongful termination, sexual harassment, failure to prevent sexual harassment, retaliation and negligence. He is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
A spokeswoman for Monrovia-based Trader Joe’s did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
According to the complaint filed Tuesday, Roberts was hired as a crew member at the Trader Joe’s store on Lake Avenue in February 2007. In December 2014, a company Christmas party gift exchange was held and crew member attendance 'was expected and implicitly required,' the suit states."
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